Wow, what an old thread! But it's fun, so I'll reply.
Snicks has two methods of spooking:
Method #1 - upon seeing the boogeyman, he suddenly plants all of his four legs in the ground and sort of "sits" - lowers his hips. He snorts a few times and then goes to explore the scary object. This happens when the boogeyman is immobile, for example, something new on a familiar trail.
Method #2 - This happens, when the boogeyman is very sudden, and it especially applies to sudden, loud noises, for example, an engine revving, a critter rushing out of the bushes right behind his back, etc. He will then either jump ahead (if it happens behind his back), or, if the boogeyman is coming at us, he'll stiffen up for a second, then spin (it surprising how fast he can spin for such a large horse!) and bolt away from it. If I stop him before the bolt and if the matter is really scary and serious, he will start a wild bronc. Fortunately, I've encountered that just a few times since he's my horse.
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
Last edited by Saranda; 08-16-2014 at 04:59 PM.